Gastric bypass surgery: Bethany’s story | Spire Healthcare
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Gastric bypass surgery: Bethany’s story | Spire Healthcare

♪ [music] ♪ I’m Bethany. My bad relationship with food started when
I was about 9 or 10. And as I entered my teenage years,
it spiralled out of control where I was, I’d be sad so I’d eat a packet of crisps
or eat a cake. Then I’d feel more sad so I’d eat more. Then it just got out of control because I
couldn’t break that cycle. I’d been looking at weight loss surgery on
and off since I was about 16. Then one day my brother came in and said,
“Oh, one of my colleagues had their gastric bypass
at Spire Gatwick Park. Why don’t you talk him and find out a bit
about it.” So I spent about an hour on the phone to
this person and said, he totally
sold me on the idea. So I went onto the Spire website,
booked in for an enquiry and they phoned me back almost instantly. I think, I’ve got to say my confidence has
shot up because of the surgery. Instead of being able to shop in two shops
that sell my size, I can go in pretty much any shop I want and get that pretty dress
that I like but I could never get into before. And it’s just opened so many doors for me
now. My family were a bit stunned at first when
I told them I was going in for it, but they, they’ve been really supportive
because they know that my weight had been getting me
down quite a lot. And then with my friends,
sometimes they walk past me in the street because they haven’t
recognized me. Then I’ll say, “Well,
you’re not going to talk to me?” And say, “Oh, I’m so sorry. Didn’t realize it was you.” So I wanted to have it done when I was
quite young so I’ve got time for this excess skin to go back and it’ll be easy
to recover from the anaesthetic. Just recovery in general, I think,
at my age would have been easier than say in 5 or 10 years. And I was like, “I might not be here
then.” I might have eaten myself into a grave. ♪ [music] ♪

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